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    Is this an Emergency?

    In an emergency, seconds count. If you are alarmed by unusually severe symptoms, seek immediate care. Please call 911 if you feel your condition is life threatening. If a poison is involved, please call Grand Rapids Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.

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    Emergency Room Hours:
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    • Directions to the ER

      5900 BYRON CENTER AVE SW

      WYOMING, MI

      (616) 252-7200

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  • Urgent Care

    Urgent Care Hours:
    Open 9 am - 9 pm, 7 days a week

    • Directions to Urgent Care

      4055 CASCADE RD SE

      GRAND RAPIDS, MI

      (616) 252-4010

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  • What is a Stroke?

    A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain cells is blocked.

    This “brain attack” can cut off vital blood and oxygen to the cells that control everything we do – from walking and talking, to eating and even breathing. Most strokes occur when arteries are blocked by blood clots or the gradual build-up of arterial plaque. Sometimes strokes are caused by an artery rupturing when a weak spot on the vessel wall breaks.

    A stroke can kill two million brain cells a minute, and the area of the brain injured by the stroke dies. This means early treatment is the best strategy to beat a stroke. By recognizing the warning signs and being admitted to a center that’s certified in advanced primary stroke care, such as Metro Health Hospital, medications may be administered to dissolve the clot and treatments provided to minimize the damage caused by the stroke. Thankfully, many strokes can be prevented, and new emergency treatments can help halt brain damage to minimize the potential for long-term disability, if immediate attention is given. To learn more about what occurs during a stroke, click here.

    A stroke is an emergency! Every minute counts!

    If you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 9-1-1. The earlier treatment is given, the more effective it can be.

joseph.weller@metrogr.org